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#1 Hum

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 13:30

Colorado man Joe Lobato was fired after posting a status update complaining about work. Joe told KUSA 9News that he was feeling severely sick on the job.

Lobato said it was so bad that, "It felt like someone was kicking me in my stomach."

He went on to say that his supervisor’s response to his illness was less than sympathetic, reporting, "He told me I wasn't allowed to leave my machinery again."

At his computer, Joe logged in to Facebook and vented, posting a 9-sentence status update that included the statement, “Guess they think a person is a machine and can’t get sick.”

Joe’s co-worker/friend reported the post to their boss, which led to Lobato’s termination for “gross misconduct” and posting negative comments about the company on a public forum.

The National Labor Relations Board says that while employees have the right to discuss work conditions on Facebook, employers can take action against worker rants online.

Further, social media experts warn that nothing is fully private in the online space.

Now Lobato knows this all too well and says the online rant was not worth it as he is about to lose his house.

Joe would like to hire a lawyer to fight for his job back, but cannot afford one.

At a recent hearing with his former employer, he was told that his firing was justified.

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#2 psionicinversion

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 13:32

not much of a friend then hahah

#3 nrjperera

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 13:34

This guy's so called Co-worker/Friend should get fired first for kissing his boss' A**.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 14:13

Some things are not to be shared out in public.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 14:19

Some friend...I would kick his ass if any of my "friends" done something like that to me.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 19:01

Every staff meeting we have at my company, our CEO reminds us "Beware of the blogs," etc. People just don't realize what can be found on the internet.

Though in this case I'd like to see what his "friend" has to say.

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 20:32

Why no one at my work will ever be friends with me on FB. I get asked every now and then to add people, but tell them I dont use it much...which is true but even if i did, i would tell them the same.

#8 perochan

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 20:38

NEVER EVER befriend your coworker in any social network unless you don't work there anymore.

#9 Rohdekill

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 20:53

NEVER EVER befriend your coworker in any social network unless you don't work there anymore.


Just how is someone a "co-worker" if you don't work there?

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 21:15

NEVER EVER befriend your coworker in any social network unless you don't work there anymore.


Just do what I do, make lots of imaginary friends on facebook. The only real friend I have on facebook is my dog, and even then I have to guess what he wants his status updates to be, as he can't type with hits paws :(

On a more serious note, managing your settings on the site you're using is probably going to be better then alienating your co-workers. Either make a fake account to let them spam you with cute pictures of animals and chain mail posts, or on your real account and stick them in a category that they can't see your regular post.
Some people can't entertain the idea that you're not using a social networking site, and telling someone you don't have a facebook account is actually a lot of effort (even if you don't actually have one).

#11 Javik

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 21:37

Some people are incredibly thin skinned.

#12 fusi0n

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 22:07

We don't know the context his "friend" told his boss about the comment.. His friend could have been doing this out of concern..

Secondly, if your job makes you feel like that, you need to find another job asap.

Also, I agree with others, Don't work with friends and don't be-friend someone at work unless you no longer work there..

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 22:29

NEVER EVER befriend your coworker in any social network unless you don't work there anymore.


Or, don't talk **** about work in public.

#14 Brian M.

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 22:32

Or, don't talk **** about work in public.


Exactly - rule of thumb with work related social network posts - don't post anything you wouldn't be happy to put on a billboard outside your bosses' door.

#15 HawkMan

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 22:41

that goes after you quit/get fired as well.

no one wants to hire a whiner who talks crap about his employers. and remember, if it's on the net, they can find it/see it. Do not assume anonymity or privacy.